Saturday, March 17, 2018

Jumpin' Willie Cobbs - Cotton Sack Blues

Thanks to Juke Joint Blues & Soul blog for the photo and Maple Blues for pointing it out. Copyright B(or D) Caldwell.

Now it would be great if the cover turned for this is very rare CD.

Jumpin’ Willie Cobbs, Chicago blues singer, dies at 74
Chicago West Side blues singer “Jumping” Willie Cobbs, 74, died on June
21,2007 and was buried  Sat. June 30  from House of Branch Funeral home,
3125 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Born in Monroe, Arkansas May 26, 1933, one of 13 children, Mr. Cobbs
worked in farming until moving to Chicago in the late 1950s.  He operated
his own tire shop, J.W. Tire Repair, at 3515 W. Madison on the West side
of Chicago.

Known for an energetic, raw, rhythmic style of singing and jumping and
running in place on stage, Mr. Cobbs said he was a cousin to another blues
performer, the harmonica-playing Willie Cobbs.  Jumping Willie played at
the former Starlight neighborhood club at 5th and Pulaski and occasionally
at the former Vila Kula on the North side and at Rosa’s Lounge at Armitage
and Homan. Prof. Steve Balkin of Roosevelt University also recalled that
Cobbs sang on the Maxwell Street bandstand during the protests against the
destruction of the old storefronts at the site of the historic open air

Jumping Willie was married to Annie Clark-Cobbs  and they had two
children, Gloria Cobbs-Hammed and  Michelle Cobbs.  His other children are
Laura Johnson, Ernest Lee Sanders, and Willie Jr. He leaves seven
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jumping Willie Cobbs suffered a stroke in late April and spent his last
two months in Woodbine nursing home. His daughter Gloria said in the
funeral home obituary that he spent his last days “laughing, cursing, and
preaching, teaching and telling old stories of his life. Willie liked
telling jokes and talking about no-good peoples in his life, but most of
all enjoyed watching his favorite movies Desparado and Bruce Lee, every
day and night until he fell asleep.”

She wrote that her dad “had a lot of energy that would amaze you, if you
ever knew or went to any of his show performances. Jumpin’ Willie Cobbs
and the Fireballs was a show to see and remember.”

Larry Taylor, one of the musicians who had played drums and sang with
Jumpin Willie, said he looked up to Cobbs as a leader in the West Side
blues tradition.  Taylor said he plans to ask Barry Dolins at the Mayor’s
Office of Special Events to honor Cobbs’ name in a proposed West Side
revue for next year’s Chicago Blues Festival.

Cobbs’ daughter Gloria said that after he became ill, her father had a
chance one day to go back to J.W. Tire Repair, wait on customers, teach
his grandson some things about the family business, and talk and joke with
friends.   “Willie was an entrepreneur, and a proud black businessman who
loved making his own money and able to help other people. He enjoyed
meeting good peoples along the way.”

Gloria said she would ask her dad , “Where did you get those blue eyes and
dimples and you’re a black man? He’d just laugh and say, ‘I am a funny
looking man.’”  She added, “Willie was a person you would have never
forgotten, once you met and talked to him. A very outspoken person,
lovable and humble, forgiving and strong human being. Who loved to talk a
lot of stuff.”

--Obituary compiled by Bonni McKeown and Larry Taylor

Jumpin' Willie did put out his own CD called  "Cotton sack Blues." It had
a picture of him standing in cotton field with a cotton sack. He was from
Arkansas and did some farming there.  The song "Cotton Sack Blues" went
something like "44." Jimmy Dawkins helped him put the record together and
may have some of Willie's music.

--Larry Taylor

In Livin' Blues no. 123 Jumpin' Willie is also mentioned but unfortunately I don't have a copy.

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Various - A Fortune Of Blues Vol. 2

1 –Doctor Ross San Francisco Breakdown 3:09
2 –John Lee Hooker Big Fine Woman 2:15
3 –Bobo Jenkins Tell Me Who 2:32
4 –Jimmy Milner Noble's Jump 2:59
5 –Doctor Ross Thirty Two Twenty 2:41
6 –James Walton (2) Miss Jesse James 2:43
7 –John Lee Hooker Blues For Christmas 3:20
8 –Big Blue Carson* The Night You Left 2:34
9 –Maceo Merriweather Eloise 2:29
10 –John Lee Hooker Blues For The Big Town 3:07
11 –Big Jack Reynolds Going Down Slow 4:25
12 –John Lee Hooker Juke Hop 2:33
13 –Doctor Ross Sunnyland 2:33
14 –Chet Oliver With Joe Weaver And His Blue Note Band* Going Back To Chicago 2:53
15 –Earl Chapman Love You Baby 2:04
16 –Doctor Ross Numbers Boogie 2:10
17 –Eddie Kirkland I Need You Baby 2:39
18 –Maceo Merriweather Without You Life Don't Mean A Thing 2:46
19 –John Lee Hooker We're All God's Chillun 3:03
20 –Henry Smith (6) Dog Me Blues 2:54
21 –Calvin Frazier Lillie Mae 2:27
22 –James Walton (2) & His Blues Kings Leaving Blues 2:24
23 –Bobo Jenkins Nothing But Love 2:21
24 –Big Jack Reynolds You Won't Treat Me Right 3:00
25 –John Lee Hooker Miss Sadie Mae (Curl My Baby's Hair) 2:47


Various - A Fortune Of Blues Vol. 1

1 –John Lee Hooker 609 Boogie 2:49
2 –Doctor Ross Cat Squirrel 2:18
3 –Bobo Jenkins Ten Below Zero (version 1) 2:10
4 –Bobo Jenkins Ten Below Zero (version 2) 3:16
5 –John Lee Hooker Cry Baby 3:18
6 –John Lee Hooker Love You Baby 3:32
7 –Doctor Ross Call The Doctor 3:15
8 –Maceo Merriweather Worried Life Blues 2:47
9 –Eddie Kirkland I Must've Done Something Wrong 2:57
10 –Doctor Ross New York Breakdown 2:57
11 –Big Jack Reynolds I Had A Little Dog 2:24
12 –John Lee Hooker Whiskey & Women 2:52
13 –Grace Brim Strange Man 2:32
14 –Doctor Ross Industrial Boogie 2:33
15 –Bobo Jenkins Baby Don't You Want To Go (version 1) 2:29
16 –Bobo Jenkins Baby Don't You Want To Go (version 2) 2:49
17 –John Lee Hooker Have Mercy On Poor Me 3:19
18 –John Lee Hooker It's My Own Fault 2:55
19 –Maceo Merriweather Have You Heard About It 2:18
20 –Harry Willis* Poker Playing Baby 2:36
21 –Big Blue Carson* Why Did You Leave 2:48
22 –Earl Chapman Take Two Steps Back 1:39
23 –Doctor Ross Cannonball 2:50
24 –Sir John Lee Hooker* Crazy 'Bout That Walk 2:56
25 –Joe Weaver I'm On My Merry Way 2:34


Chicago Beau & Friends - Having A Fit Over Your Love

1. Having A Fit Over Your Love 4:42
2. I Am A Black Snake 6:55
3. Mama's Baby Daddy's Maybe 3:14
4. Don't Run Me Out Of Your Life 7:16
5. Hangover 3:25
6. Shake Your Boogie Woogie 4:55
7. Can't Send The Children To School 6:21
8. Dust My Room 5:17
9. Wine Time After Hours

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Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners, The McCrary Family ‎– American Gospel Caravan

1 Go Down Moses
2 Zions Song
3 We Shall Overcome
4 Old Time Religion
5 Down By The Riverside
6 This Little Light Of Mine
7 How I Got Over
8 Nothing Can Stop Me Now
9 Oh When The Saints...
10 Go Down Moses (Acapella Remix)
11 Zions Song (Acapella Remix)
12 He Looked Beyond My Faults

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Various - Red River Blues 1934-1943

1. When I Lie Down - Blind Joe
2. In Trouble - Blind Joe
3. Trouble - Reese Crenshaw
4. Poor Joe Breakdown - Robert Davis
5. Not Satisfied - Jimmie Owens
6. Red River Blues - Willie Williams
7. Barrel House Blues - J. Wilson
8. Goin' to Richmond - Jimmie Strothers
9. Mama You Goin' to Quit Me - Allison Mathis
10. Fort Valley Blues - Smith Band
11. War Song - Buster Brown
12. Milk Cow Blues - Gus Gibson
13. Po' Boy Long Way from Home - Sonny Chestain
14. I'm Gonna Make You Happy - Buster Brown
15. Railroad Song - Gus Gibson
16. Southern Rag - James Sneed's Washboard Band
17. John Henry - Allison Mathis & Jesse Stroller
18. Talking in Sebastopol - Gabriel Brown
19. Alabama Blues (Part 1) - Booker T. Sapps
20. The Weeping Worry Blues - Booker T. Sapps
21. Levee Camp Holler - Willy Flowers
22. Boot that Thing - Booker T. Sapps

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Rockin' Sydney - They Call Me Rockin' (Repost)

A1 She's My Morning Coffee
A2 I'm Calling You
A3 They Call Me Rockin'
A4 I'm Walking Out
A5 My Little Girl
A6 Don't Say Goodbye
A7 Past Bedtime
A8 Send Me Some Lovin'
B1 It Really Is A Hurtin' Thing
B2 If I Could I Would
B3 No Good Woman
B4 You Ain't Nothing But Fine
B5 You Don't Have To Go
B6 Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
B7 Ya Ya


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wild Bill's Washboard Boys - Baby Yum Yum (Repost)

A1 Purty Lil' Red Dress
A2 I Found My Baby
A3 You're Tearing My Heart
A4 Washboard Choo Choo
A5 Moanin' For My Baby
A6 Baby Yum Yum
B1 Gonna Walk You To School
B2 Ain't A-Coming Back
B3 I Wanna Know
B4 Won't Be Your Hound Dog Anymore
B5 Feeling For You Baby
B6 Change Your Way Around


Sunset Blues Band (Pee Wee Crayton) - Funky Blues (Repost)

A1 I Got News For You 3:05
A2 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home 2:35
A3 Kansas City 3:10
A4 Got My Mojo Working 1:50
A5 Piney Brown Blues 4:35
B1 Stormy Monday 4:05
B2 Good Rockin' Tonight 2:20
B3 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 2:25
B4 Blues After Dark 3:45
B5 How Long, How Long Blues 2:15


Friday, March 9, 2018

Chicago All Stars - When I Lost My Baby

1 Rockhouse
2 Muddy Waters
3 When I Lost My Baby
4 Sooth Me
5 What Manner Of A Man Is This?
6 Soul Station
7 Keep Your Nose Out Of Mama’s Business
8 Sweet Home Chicago
9 Sneaky Pete
10 Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
11 The Sheik Of Araby
12 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
13 Precious Lord
14 4 O'Clock Blues

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